Listen / The nation’s largest hospital chain may be feeling the waning benefits of the Affordable Care Act, even as it continues to become more profitable. Nashville-based HCA reported higher-than-expected numbers of uninsured patients during the first quarter.
Listen / HCA wants permission from Tennessee health officials to plant a $14 million freestanding emergency department in Antioch. The proposal is a compromise after years of trying to tap into the lucrative Williamson County market.
The 2017 hurricane season cost HCA $140 million in revenue losses and storm-related expenses, according to the company’s third quarter earnings report. The storms are one of the biggest factors cited to explain a drop in profits for the period.
Listen / It was an HCA facility that treated more patients than any other hospital after the Las Vegas shooting a week ago: Sunrise Hospital received about 200 wounded concert-goers within an hour. The Nashville-based hospital chain says it expects to learn from the unprecedented mass casualty event.
Listen / Nashville-based HCA is on a relative hospital buying spree. Company executives told investors Tuesday that they see an opening as the health care business becomes more challenging, especially for some of its competitors.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has brought on a Nashville health care executive to help right the ship after a scandal over wait times. Dr. Jonathan Perlin is taking a 60-day leave from his position as chief medical officer of HCA.
Nashville-based HCA is hoping problems with the HealthCare.gov website are fixed soon. The nation’s largest for-profit hospital company is betting on a bonanza of newly insured patients. HCA has hired 400 of its own counselors to help people sign up for coverage on the new health insurance exchanges.
Nashville-based hospital chain HCA is expanding not just by buying hospitals, but building them as well. The company is building smaller medical centers to serve a younger market.
The Justice Department has announced $34 million in fines against 55 hospitals for allegedly making false Medicare claims. Half of them are part of Nashville-based, for-profit hospital chains.
Nashville’s HCA is gearing up for one of the biggest pieces of the Affordable Care Act. The company says it has reached agreements with several insurers that will offer plans on health insurance exchanges, which are supposed to start enrolling customers later this year.